Category Archive: Just the Journal

Nov 25 2015

Is there a message here?


In the past few weeks, I have been gifted two different paracord bracelets by two different people who know me in two very different contexts. The first one came from the Alpha Geek … father of my youngest Goddaughter and one of my oldest and dearest Swedish friends. He knows our interest in the outdoors and fashion preferences well, …

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Nov 13 2015

London-bound because we’re really old


Dr. Darling and I are headed to the city where we met in-person for the first time around this time of year back in 2000. It’s an anniversary that we tend to space, but this time we actually have tickets to see Dawn French‘s one-woman show “30 Million Minutes” … which is kind of special since …

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Nov 08 2015

13 years later, Sweden discovers Half & Half


It has always amused me that “The Land of 9 Different Grades of Cream” has nothing resembling my beloved Half & Half in its grocery store dairy cases. I basically had to mix up my own version until I switched to heavy whipping cream in my coffee in the summer of 2014. But recently, the …

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Oct 30 2015

“Playing like a girl means you’re a badass”


The US Women’s National Soccer Team made it’s post-2015 World Cup Championship visit to the White House this week, and the POTUS … the father of two girls … did not miss a Carli Lloyd hat-trick. Here’s a photo of him with the team, and there’s a terrific video on the White House website as well. Definitely …

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Oct 23 2015

That’s Ms. Fantastic to you.


This rather long interruption between blog entries as been brought to you by my new job, which is kicking my @$$ in the best possible way. I’m loving the new challenges, new responsibilities (some of which I probably don’t even know about yet) my new colleagues, and the new company, but there’s SO MUCH to learn. I can’t …

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Oct 10 2015

Another reason to love Spain


From the Restoring My Faith in Humanity Department comes this video produced by Spain’s State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, in which average, every day Spaniards advise a gay couple to stay elsewhere when they find homophobic threats in the directions they have been provided to their hostel. The American couple does not speak Spanish, …

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Oct 01 2015

New career chapters require lots of caffeine


After working just 6 weeks shy of 11 years as a communications specialist for a huge global Swedish industrial conglomerate, today I am starting a new job as a communications specialist for slightly smaller global Swedish industrial conglomerate. Well, operational headquarters is in Sweden at least, corporate HQ is in Switzerland (BUMMER!  ) which is probably going to …

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